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Paul B. Harvey, Jr.

April 16, 1945-July 13, 2014

We are saddened to announce that Paul B. Harvey, Jr., Associate Professor in the departments of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, History, and the Jewish Studies Program, died in Rome on July 13, 2014.

A native of southern California, Paul received his B.A. (magna cum laude) in Classical Languages from Oberlin College in 1967, having spent a semester in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in 1966. He received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Group in Ancient History at the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, with additional graduate study at the University of Pisa.

He joined the Penn State History faculty in 1972, the Classics faculty in 1979, and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies after its formation. Paul was Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University in 1982, Professor-in-Charge of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies at Rome in 1985-1986, and a frequent visiting research associate at the universities of Pavia and Pisa. Much beloved as a teacher, Paul received the Class of 1933 Award as Outstanding Teacher in the Humanities in 1977, and in 1997 he received the University Alumni Teaching Award. Paul was Head of the Department of CAMS from 2006 to 2013.

Paul’s scholarly interests ranged widely across Roman history--rhetoric, language, economy, and religion--and early Christianity, fields in which he contributed many papers and especially numerous reviews. Always generous with his colleagues, Paul collaborated in a variety of co-authored papers and co-edited volumes in subjects that ranged from early Latin to medieval law, and on aspects of the Bible in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. At the time of his death he was completing a contribution to the catalogue of inscriptions and brickstamps from Cosa. He was also working on a volume for the Translated Texts for Historians series: Jerome-Gennadius-Isidore-Ildefons, de viris illustribus.

Colleagues among the faculty and staff, and his graduate and undergraduate students join his wife of 31 years, Karen, his sister, Gretchen, and his two brothers, Mark and Jonathan, in mourning his passing. A Requiem Mass will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bellefonte, PA, at a date to be announced later. The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies will establish a suitable memorial for Paul.

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